Day 11, April 17
14 miles, 103 miles total
Altitude: 1,263 feet
Weather: warm and sunny 45-62F
Dedicated to Mickey, John’s beloved chein who died today
The Chemins de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle has considerable chapels dedicated to St Roch. After his pilgrimage to Rome, he devoted his life to caring for plague victims. When he contracted the plague, he withdrew to live in the forest. He was accompanied by his faithful dog who brought the saint his daily food and is said to have often carried a loaf of bread in his mouth. The plague left an unsightly sore on his left thigh. St Roch is depicted in art with the front flap of his coat turned back to warn people to keep away.